Just a short 7km drive from Mangawhai Heads you’ll find this tucked-away place in the Brynderwyn Hills. The valley surrounds this place, which is perfectly exposed to maximise the all-day sun, and the cellar door boasts breathtaking views of hills, neighbouring farms and olive groves.
Things to know
Liz and Gary Cameron both studied viticulture and winemaking after their retirement. They now run Lochiel Estate and assist their winemaker son, Rob, to make the wines – Rob’s also one of the men behind the successful label Invivo.
The impressive chardonnay delivers engaging complexity and wonderful fruit richness. The same chardonnay grapes are also responsible for the stylish barrel-matured methode traditionnelle, Elizabeth.
Mangawhai offers a huge range of activities, from bush walking and horse riding to golf and charter fishing. Otherwise a more leisurely pursuit such as gallery-hopping might be your thing. And you can always get a chocolate fix at Bennetts of Mangawhai (bennettsofmangawhai.com).